It’s summertime, the livin’s easy…and the dreamin’ too! Here are a few recent electric bike concepts, which you will probably never see at a dealer near you.
The Zeus Twelve Thorium comes from Swedish Gray Design, which created the Zeus Twelve brand to develop luxurious yachts, cars and motorcycles. The Thorium comes with a 14.2 kWh lithium battery allowing for a city range of 171 miles (276 km), and can be recharges in 1 hour thanks to a CHAdeMO fast charging connection. A Bang & Olufsen sound system can either be connected to the motor to create engine noise or to your personal music collection.
Top speed is announced as 102 mph (164 km/h), and 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Only 12 copies will be made, and will be available at a price of €89,000 ($98,884).
From French designer Martin Hulin comes the Expemotion E-Raw. The design features a steel tube chassis and a laminated wood saddle that also profiles a gas tank… Brushless motor, lithium battery, and the dash is your iPhone. The video shows how the concept is being assembled:
And here is the Tesla Model M, another concept from British designer Jans Slapins. It has of course nothing to do with Tesla, and is just a computer-rendered illustration. But how cool would it be, if Tesla picked up this beautiful concept and launched a motorcycle?
Japanese designer Kota Nezu of znug design has created the zecOO, powered by a Zero Motorcycles powertrain and featuring hub-center steering.
Only 49 units will be available at $71,500, and it will be possible to customize colors and decoration…
And last, from China, a concept which is more a copy… of a Honda Gold Wing! For now it is only a design patent filing, but according to indiancarsbikes.in, it was filed by a company called Jiangsu Xinri, which produces all kinds of electric vehicles.
Someday, China will stop copying and create its own designs. Meanwhile, designers across the world have started to dream about electric motorcycles. It is a sign that mainstream interest in electrification is coming…